Ferris Moore (1906-1978)
About 1929 Ferris C. Moore married Bertice Vickers. The couple first made their home not far from Ray City in Lois, GA where Ferris worked as a farmer. Later, they moved to Ray City to live next door to Ferris’ father. Their house was on the south side of Main Street and just east of Cat Creek.
In Ray City, Ferris Moore worked as an iceman. He delivered ice to local residences every other day. He had an icehouse located on Paralleled Street, next to the tracks of Georgia & Florida Railroad. The icehouse was a small shed, perhaps 10 by 10 feet. There was a small porch that served as a loading dock.
The ice came from an ice plant in 300 pound blocks, and the iceman used an ice pick to cut what ever size blocks were needed. An eight pound block of ice sold for a nickel. The ice delivery man worked alone, with the ice loaded on an open truck and covered with a tarp. Most people had an “ice box” that served as a refrigerator of sorts, and an eight pound block of ice would last just about two days.
The 1940 census of Ray City shows Ferris Moore was a businessman and employer, managing a cold storage facility. His father, James Lacy Moore was working as an ice dealer.
Ferris Moore died July 1, 1978 in Ray City, GA. He was buried at New Ramah Cemetery.
- Ray City, GA Home of James Lacy Moore (raycityhistory.wordpress.com)
- James Lacy Moore ~ Mayor of Ray City, GA 1942-1944 (raycityhistory.wordpress.com)
- Harriet Swindle Moore ~ First Lady of Ray City (raycityhistory.wordpress.com)